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Sunday, July 14, 2013

Why I Chose Not to Use Cloth Diapers

Me Changing Charlie
Cloth diapers are amazing! They are eco friendly, no harsh chemicals on the babies bottom, way less expensive, basically awesome! Then why don’t I use them??

I can only be super mom in so many ways. Right now, my super mom feat is loving, and nursing my baby while working full time. Yes, I’d love to be using cloth diapers right now, but…

  1. It really doesn’t feel fair to decide to do cloth diapers when I wouldn’t be changing most of them.

  2. It is hard enough for me to get the basic laundry done much less trying to wash diapers each week.

Charlie

As moms we are all at a different stages, the description for supermom is unique for each one of us. For me right now… The most important thing is for me to be happy with my life, my marriage, and my son. If clothes diapers don’t fit in now, maybe they will in the future.

What have you chosen not to do, while living as a supermom today?

21 comments:

  1. Ahhhh! Very good post! My garden is turning out to be not so super. I have to be ok with that. You cannot do everything excellently and it is of most importance to do the important things, or the things most important to you, well. In today's society we are told that we can have it all and should try to have it all and do not think about the potential cost to other things. It's definitely not true! I am slowly coming to terms with that! Gotta say no more often, to others and yoursself, and focus in more on what you are doing! =D

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  2. I totally agree and you are always a supermom when you try to do what's best not only for the baby but for yourself as well. Have a good one!

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  3. Soooo wanted to use cloth diapers, too, but I live in an apartment and don't have the right options on our washer to properly clean them. So this "supermom" uses disposable.

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  4. Such a simple post - and so good to keep in mind. As long as we are trying to do what's best for us - all of us - we're okay (and more than okay), in my opinion. Thanks for sharing :)

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  5. I agree, you don't have to use cloth diapers to be a great mom. I do use them though. I love the One size fits all pocket diapers and the All in One diapers. They are just as easy as disposable, except you throw them in the wash. I find that because my "stash" is about 20-23 diapers at the moment for one child, I only do diaper laundry every 2-3 days. That may be something to think about if you are really interested in trying. Just an idea =)

    Hannah J
    dreamingofperfect.weebly.com

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  6. :-) I love this post. I am a cloth diaper mama, but certain stages and times in life call for a little grace - and that's when I reach for the sposies. Keep it real, girl.
    Visiting from Our Delightful Home.
    ~Stacy @ Stacy Makes Cents

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  7. Thank you for being so honest!!! It's hard sometimes when reading blogs, facebook, and the other social media things and seeing the other moms look so perfect.
    Things I don't do: buy organic ($$$!), or make ALL our food from scratch. We eat quite a few pre-packaged things like granola bars, instant oatmeal, etc. I'd rather that my kids are getting my attention than spending hours in the kitchen!
    ~"Supermom" Ali

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  8. I didn't cloth diaper either, and wouldn't with any future babies. I just don't want that extra hassle.

    And I'll be honest here: Poop is gross, and I don't want poopy *anything* in my washing machine. I did/would throw away anything that had a large amount of poop on/in it. I just.can't.do.it.

    I didn't have my daughter in my bedroom either when she was a baby - I tried, and none of us got any sleep. I put her in her crib in her room at 3 months and she slept 6+ hours a night from that night forward. I don't know how anyone that isn't a heavy sleeper can get any rest with a baby in the room that's always making some small noise (maybe that was just my kid?) I didn't make my own baby food either. I'd maybe do that if I had another. Maybe.

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  9. I am a stay at home home and started out using a combination of cloth diapers and disposable for the first year. In the beginning, it was great and I loved having cloth diapers around. But once my son started eating, the poop became more challenging than I expected. He has eczema and this also affects his digestive system. Needless to say, it is a messy (and sticky) situation and at one point I had to call "uncle" and give up on the cloth diapers. As a parent, you can only do so much, and some times you have to give yourself a break!

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  10. Thank you all so much for your comments. They are super inspiring and totally made my day!

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  11. Love this! I also don't cloth diaper even though I know they're so much better. I live in Arizona and the water use to wash them just makes me feel uneasy.

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  12. I tried cloth diapering and my kids smelled bad all the time! Once I gave myself permission to go back to disposables, our lives got a lot easier (and smelled a lot better!) Thanks for keeping it real ;)

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  13. Kudos to you to being a full time mom AND working outside the home AND nursing! That is definitely something to be proud of! I'm excited to meet you at the OV Bloggers event tonight! See you then!

    ~Abby =)

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  14. Totally agree! Just because one thing is good for some it isn't always good for everyone. We all have to make our own choices. What is ultimately important is loving and caring for our children. They aren't going to be damaged by this choice. Sounds like you are making the right choice for you and your child.

    Plus, environmental choices are relative. For some, the water use and laundry detergents may have more impact on the environment then the garbage. I learned this in a sustainability class in collage.

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  15. Right on. We can't do it all! Pick and choose.

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  16. Thanks so much for your post. I really love that others recognize the fact that what works in one family DOES NOT work in another family! Personally, we do what works until it stops working then switch to a new technique.
    Anyway, to answer your question, right now, I do not cook dinner on Fridays and Saturdays, which means we often get fast food on at least one of those nights. Not the best, but I figure I make dinner 5 nights a week, passing 2 nights to the hubby isn't asking too much.

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  17. Love this candid view.

    I did cloth diaper my twins and last baby some. It was limited. While I loved the benefits, I certainly agree that we can only be super mom in so many ways!

    Thanks for linking up. My readers loved it. See your feature here: http://www.crystalandcomp.com/2013/07/best-mom-advice-72113/

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  18. Thank you all so much! This has been one of my favorite posts reading all your comments and being inspired!!

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  19. No one decision makes a bad or super mom :) happy mom = happy kids! Good for you for finding a balance - I am sure that will be reflected in your little!

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  20. Yep! This is EXACTLY why I don't cloth diaper either (working mom, pumping at work, other people changing majority of diapers). I'm also a "Green Blogger" so I feel like using Luvs is this bad secret. Thank you for giving me the words to explain myself with my head held high!

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  21. There's just no way we can do everything is there? Guess so much of motherhood is about learning we have to compromise and not getting too eaten up by it, Alice @ Mums Make Lists xx

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